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Plaster and Plastering in Early New England

Historic Deerfield is offering a one-day program focused on the subject of plaster and plastering and its use in early New England architecture. This symposium will consist of morning lectures on the history and practice of plastering and afternoon workshops demonstrating a variety of the trade’s skills, including flat plastering, ornamental work, and plaster repair.


8:15 a.m. Registration and Refreshments

8:45 a.m. Welcome
Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

9 a.m. An Introduction to the Types and Uses of Plaster in Early New England Architecture
Brian Pfeiffer, Architectural Historian, Cambridge, Massachusetts

9:45 a.m. Traditional Plain Plastering of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Henry Orton, Orton Plasterworks, Savannah, Georgia

10:25 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. The Plastering Arts: Plaster as a Decorative Treatment
Pen Austin, Plasterer and Conservation Mason, Nantucket, Massachusetts

11:30 a.m Practical Plaster Repair
Peter Lord, Peter Lord Plaster and Paint, Limington, Maine

12:15 p.m. Lunch (pre-paid optional box lunch or bring your own)

1:30 p.m. to Plaster workshops covering flat plaster (Henry Orton),
4:30 p.m. ornamental plaster (Pen Austin), and plaster repair (Peter Lord).

Registration is $85 for members, $95 for non-members. Register online using the button below or download a registration form. Registration deadline is June 28, 2019.